Gold medals for NZ in squash and shooting

3:16 pm on 14 October 2010

New Zealand has won two more gold medals in Delhi in the team's best day yet at the Commonwealth Games.

The golds came from the women's squash and fullbore pairs shooting.

Joelle King and Jaclyn Hawkes won the squash doubles, then King quickly followed her gold medal effort with a silver in the mixed doubles with Martin Knight.

Hawkes and King defeated England's Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro in two games, despite trailing in the second.

The New Zealanders won the first game 11-9, but looked untidy at times in the second, and soon trailed England 10-6.

However, they rallied and won the next five points to take the second game 11-10 and secure the gold.

Shooters Mike Collings and John Snowden eventually claimed gold, but had to wait several hours for their win to be confirmed after a protest from the Australians.

Three silvers won

As well as the squash silver, New Zealand won three further silver medals on Wednesday.

The women's hockey team produced arguably their best-ever performance, coming tantalisingly close to gold.

But despite the Black Sticks' valiant performance against Australia drawing 2-2, they lost the match in a heart-breaking 4-2 penalty shootout and had to be content with silver.

There was also a silver for cyclist Linda Villumsen in the women's time trial, while in the bowls Val Smith won silver in the women's singles.

New Zealand is 11th on the medal table with 34 medals, five of them gold. Australia has won 72 gold medals.